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Blogging in the Political Science Classroom

  • Christopher N. Lawrence (a1) and Michelle L. Dion (a2)

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Weblogs (or blogs), as a form of communication on the Internet, have recently risen in prominence but may be poorly understood by both faculty and students. This article explains how blogs differ from other online communication tools and how political science faculty can make use of blogs in their classes. The focus is on using blogs as part of class assignments to reinforce important skills, including critical thinking, political engagement, and essay writing. We also discuss existing academic and professional blogs that may be models for student blogging in political science.

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Bryant, Todd. 2006. “Social Software in Academia.” Educause Quarterly 29 (2): 6164.
Drezner, Daniel W., and Farrell, Henry. 2008a. “Introduction: Blogs, Politics, and Power: A Special Issue of Public Choice.” Public Choice 134 (1-2): 113.
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